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Sony DEV-3 Digital Recording Binoculars (10x Zoom)

Digital Recording Binoculars - 10x Zoom

The world's first binoculars with HD video recording. Like binoculars and a camcorder rolled into one, capture 3D and 2D Full HD video with high magnification of up to 10x optical zoom.

Introducing the world's first binoculars to capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video in 2D or 3D—plus 7.1MP stills. With 10x optical zoom, they're perfect for birdwatching, sporting events and close-ups of wildlife—just zoom in on your subject and press 'record' to capture crisp HD video. The only binoculars to offer continual autofocus while zooming, you can zero in for the close-up without losing track of faraway subjects. Boasting a Sony Exmor® R CMOS sensor, these binoculars perform beautifully in low-light conditions for those dawn and dusk birding excursions, while high quality Sony G lenses deliver brilliant detail, color and clarity in any setting.

Full HD Video, 7.1MP Photos

Capture amazing moments in sports, the great outdoors and more in exceptional Full HD 1920 x 1080 50i/60i resolution, then play them back on your HDTV via easy HDMI® connection (requires HDTV and HDMI cable, sold separately). With Full HD recording, your footage will pop with incredible brightness, clarity and definition. You can also shoot 7.1-megapixel still photos to accompany your videos.

10x Optical Zoom

Enjoy high magnification of up to 10x with uninterrupted autofocus. With seamless zoom from 0.9x on up to max magnification, it's easy to frame your subject wide, then zoom in for the close-up shot. And unlike conventional binoculars, the DEV-3 focuses on subjects as close as 1cm in 2D recording mode, and as close as 80cm when recording in 3D.

Say Goodbye to Shaky Footage

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video—whether you're simply observing through these unique binoculars, or recording in Full HD 3D or 2D video. Now you can witness and capture moments smoothly, without the annoying shaky-footage effect.

Superb Low-light Shooting

Capture amazing 2D and 3D video—even in low light. Specifically designed for compact cameras and camcorders, Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor greatly improves image clarity and reduces graininess when recording in darker settings. It's the perfect feature for early morning and sunset shooting.

Professional Quality Lenses

Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the G lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, these high-quality lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. Plus, the 29.8mm (2D) and 34.4mm (3D) focal lengths in Video Mode offer a broader perspective for enhanced wide-angle shooting.

2D/3D Dedicated Switch

Quickly switch between 2D and 3D shooting and playback modes with an easy-to-reach, dedicated switch on the body of the binoculars. While in 3D mode, only 3D content will be displayed for playback. But while in 2D mode, all content will be played back in 2D—allowing you to record all video in 3D, then choose later whether to playback in 2D or 3D. Simple.

Share the thrill of discovery with your friends and family with these DEV-3 digital recording binoculars which combine the magnification capabilities of binoculars with the recording capabilities of a camcorder. Featuring high magnification of up to 10x optical zoom and two Full HD sensors, close in on your subject then press 'record' to capture incredible 1920x1080 3D or 2D Full HD video to view on your HDTV or 3D TV when you get home. Perfect for birdwatching, star-gazing, outdoor adventures and sporting events, Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization technology reduces blur for clear, crisp video and sharp 7.1MP still photos. Featuring a Sony "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, you get remarkable performance in low-light conditions for those dusk and twilight birding excursions, while a professional-quality G Lens delivers brilliant color and amazingly detailed images in any setting.


Digital binoculars with HD video recording

The Sony® DEV-3 is the world’s first pair of digital recording binoculars that utilizes two Full HD sensors to capture true 1920x1080 3D video. The DEV-3 puts a whole new experience to outdoor spectator activities such as birdwatching, sporting events and star gazing. For the first time consumers can capture amazing footage and save it for enjoyment on HD and 3D TVs.

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video, whether you’re shooting in 3D or 2D. Now you can capture life smoothly as it happens while walking and zooming in from wide to telephoto and back.

Easily switch between 2D/3D with dedicated switch

A dedicated switch allows for easy switching from recording 2D to 3D, whether you’re recording or playing back video. In 3D mode, only 3D content will be displayed for playback, however when in 2D mode, all content will be displayed and played back in 2D. This allows you to record all your video in 3D and choose later whether or not you want to playback in 2D or 3D.

Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack

Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).

10x Seamless Zoom in 3D mode with AutoFocus

Enjoy high magnification of up to 10x optical zoom in 3D mode. With seamless zoom from 0.9x to maximum magnification users will find it easy to frame their subjects wide and zoom in for detail. With Autofocus the subject will remain sharp in view through zooming unlike the conventional binoculars. Unlike conventional binoculars, the DVE-3 also focuses on subjects as close as 1cm when recording in 2D, and as close as 80cm when recording in 3D.

Dual Wide Angle G Lenses

Experience the pinnacle of Sony® lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm(2D) and 34.4mm(3D) focal length in Video Mode offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.

Ergonomic and Functional Stealth Design

The DEV-3 binoculars have been designed for the end-user in mind, with a grip block for optimized comfortable, fatigue-free viewing and shooting, dual record buttons and a manual dial for focus control. As well, the DEV-5 is embodied in a stealth design, with little décor to minimize distraction of your subject.

1920x1080 Full HD 50i/60i recording6 w/7MP still image capture

Capturing 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 50i/60i recording and playback via HDMI® and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories. At the same time, you can also capture up to 7.1MP still images so you never miss that decisive moment.

Dual Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensors for superb low-light video

Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, and now for binoculars, the "Exmor R" sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions. The DEV-3 employs two of these sensors to process what you record in 3D.

2 Channel stereo mic with Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator

Dolby® Digital 2 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can capture reactions and commentary of all your footage as it happens

Long recording capability and Battery Display

Enjoy your surroundings with ease of mind knowing that, with your supplied NP-FV70 rechargeable battery pack, you can capture up to 2 hours and 35 minutes of 2D recording on a single charge. Remaining battery time is displayed in minutes on a GUI that can be viewed via the EVF, so you’ll always be able to keep track of how much recording time is left.


Product Specifications

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 10.63inch x 2 5/ 8inch x 3.47inch (219mm x 155mm x88mm)
  • Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 2.65lbs (body only)

Exposure System

  • Minimum Illumination : Standard: 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed:60i, 1/50 Shutter Speed:50i)


  • Aperture : F1.8-3.4
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 57.9-660mm(2D)/34.4-344mm(3D), Photo Mode: 29.8-660mm(16:9),27.4-606mm(4:3)
  • Lens Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (wide (3D)/ Wide to Tele (2D))
  • Lens Type : G Lens™
  • Magnification : PHOTO:x0.5-10x(2D:DigitalZoomOFF)/x0.3-x7.5(2D:DigitalZoomON); MOVIE:x0.9-x10(16:9)/x0.5-x5.4(4:3)
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 3D: Approx. 80cm (Wide), Approx. 7.5m (Tele); 2D: Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 25cm (Tele Macro)

Advanced Features

  • Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (wide (3D) / Wide to Tele (2D))

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor : 1/4" (4.5mm) Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
  • Pixel Gross : 2x Approx. 4200K pixels (3D)/ Approx. 4200K pixels (2D)
  • Processor : BIONZ™ Image processor


  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo
  • Media Type : Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Stereo Microphone Monoral Speaker
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 7.1 megapixels
  • Still Image Mode : 3D Still Image: Not available / 2D Still Image: JPEG
  • Still Image Size(Photo Mode) : 7.1 megapixels 4:3 (3072x2304) 5.3 megapixels 16:9 (3072x1728) 1.9 megapixels 4:3 (1600x1200) 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480)
  • Video Format : 3D HD: MPEG4-MVC/ H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60i); 2D HD:MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD™ format ver.2.0 compatible (1080/60p/60i original format)
  • Video Mode : 3D HD: Approx. 28Mbps; 2D HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps, FX: Approx. 24Mbps, FH: Approx. 17Mbps, HQ: Approx. 9Mbps, LP: Approx. 5Mbps
  • Video Resolution : 3D HD: 2x 1920x1080/60i; 2D HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 1920x1080/60i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ,LP)
  • Video Signal : NTSC

Convenience Features

  • Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Romanian, Protugese, Canadian French, Latin American Spanish, Korean, Turkish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Indonesian, Maly


  • A/V Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio / Component Out / Remote
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
  • DC IN : Yes
  • HD Output : HDMI Out (mini); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable) (sold separately))
  • HDMI Terminal : Yes (mini)
  • Headphone Jack : Stereo Minijack
  • Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
  • Microphone Input : Stereo Minijack
  • SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connection cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (sold separately)); S Video Out (A/V connection cable with S Video (sold separately))
  • USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)


  • Diopter Adjustment : Yes (-3.5 - +3.5)
  • Eye relief : 14.3mm
  • Field of View : 35.6degrees (16:9)
  • Interpupilary distance : 55-75mm
  • Type : 2x 0.45-inch (1.1cm) Wide (16:9); 1227k dots (852x3(RGB)x480)

In the Box

  • Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Rechargeable battery pack (NP-FV70)
  • Neck Strap
  • CD-ROM

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